Head of U.S. SBA Office of International Trade Announces Dedication of SLCC-SBDC Global Trade Center

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Announcement will detail the opening of the new Salt Lake Community College-Utah Small Business Development Center Network Global Trade Center.

The Global Trade Center will provide important synergies for both programs, becoming a more important cog in the international trade assistance ecosystem in Utah.

David Glaccum, U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade, will visit Utah to announce the opening of the Salt Lake Community College-Utah Small Business Development Center Network Global Trade Center. The event will be held Monday, June 9, at 9 a.m. at the Miller Conference Center Salt Lake Community College in Sandy, Utah. The public is welcome to attend.

Previous to his appointment to the SBA in February, Glaccum served as the Chief of Staff for the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. This one-hour event will feature remarks by Glaccum, SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin, World Trade Center Utah President Miles Hansen, and representatives from the offices of Senator Mike Lee and Senator Mitt Romney.

“We are honored to have Mr. Glaccum visit our campus and announce the dedication of the SBDC Global Trade Center,” said Beth Colosimo, executive director of the Miller Business Resource Center. “His presence highlights the importance of assisting Utah’s small businesses to expand globally and the importance of providing resources like the SLCC-SBDC Global Trade Center.”

The Global Trade Center joins forces with the existing SLCC Global Business Center that began in 2007. The consolidation and combination of both programs will advance trade services for small businesses and continue the legacy of premier support for international training and education.

“The Global Trade Center will provide important synergies for both programs, becoming a more important cog in the international trade assistance ecosystem in Utah,” says Mike Finnerty, State Director of the Utah SBDC Network. “This will encourage more small businesses throughout the state to expand globally.”

Utah exported $11.6 billion in goods in 2017 according to the Department of Commerce. Small businesses accounted for 49 percent of that total. Utah is home to 2,917 small business that export, representing 84 percent of all export firms. “The significance of small businesses to our country’s economic prosperity cannot be overestimated,” said Glaccum. “There is a tremendous opportunity for small firms in international markets. We just need to help them get there.”

For more information about the Global Business Center, visit http://www.utahglobaltrade.org.

The Utah SBDC Network is a program of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is funded by the SBA, the State of Utah and the local colleges and universities where all 14 centers are hosted. Business advisors with the SBDC provide free one-on-one assistance to small business owners in all areas of business and help entrepreneurs trying to start their businesses. For more information about the Utah SBDC Network, visit http://www.utahsbdc.org.

The SLCC Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) offers a wide range of services and support to Utah businesses and organizations. Home to the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, the MBRC is the largest “one-stop-shop” for business assistance, which includes a business incubator space called “The Mill”, the Salt Lake Region SBDC, the Veterans Business Resource Center, the SLCC-SBDC Network Global Trade Center, other federal and state programs such as SCORE, PTAC, SBIR/STTR Assistance Center and the Women’s Tech Council. For more information about the MBRC, visit http://www.mbrcslcc.com.

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit http://www.sba.gov.

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